Synthesizing Certificates in Networks of Timed Automata

Bernd Finkbeiner, Hans-Jörg Peter, and Sven Schewe

We present an automatic method for the synthesis of certificates for components in embedded real-time systems. A certificate is a small homomorphic abstraction that can transparently replace the component during model checking: if the verification with the certificate succeeds, then the component is guaranteed to be correct; if the verification with the certificate fails, then the component itself must be erroneous. We give a direct construction, based on a forward and backward reachability analysis of the timed system, and an iterative refinement pocess, which produces a series of successively smaller certificates. In our experiments, model checking the certificate is several orders of magnitude faster than model checking the original system.

The 29th IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS 2008).

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